The Gardens

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96 beautiful acres - 29 specialty gardens! 



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W.C. Paul Arboretum - "Original Arboretum" 

In 1957, landscape architect George Madlinger and the Lumberman's Club of Memphis continued the long-time dream of the late W.C. Paul, an active member of the Memphis Men's Garden Club, by creating an arboretum in the Gardens of Audubon Park. The W.C. Paul Arboretum and nearby Iris Garden were two early projects that served as catalysts for a section of Audubon Park to be developed as a botanical garden. Many of the trees in this original arboretum area are well over 50 years old, with some notable rare or unique varieties as part of the collection. Now encompassing the full 96 acre property, our arboretum boasts more than 170 species of trees and the Memphis Botanic Garden. Our arboretum is certified as a Level 4 Arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and is the first to be certified as an Urban Forestry Center of Excellence for the state of Tennessee. We offer guided "Notable Tree" tours for groups that must be scheduled in advance, but all visitors may acquire an Arboretum Map at the front desk for a self-guided tour. 



Call 901-636-4128 for information on scheduling a guided group tour. 






Rick Pudwell Horticulture Center

Made possible through the support of Jabie and Helen Hardin in 2006, the Rick Pudwell Horticulture Center includes three working greenhouses plus a work space for the Garden's horticulture staff and volunteers. This complex, located at the south end of the main parking lot, marks a step forward in environmental awareness and self-sufficiency. Solar panels help generate the energy that powers the facility, and feed into the MLGW green power grid. The three greenhouse spaces include an orchid collection, a cactus and succulent collection, tropical collection and a propagation greenhouse. These collections are not open to the public because they are housed in working greenhouses, but  plants from these collections are offered at our seasonal plant sales.




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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $8.00
Seniors (62 & over) $6.50
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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